Boutin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boutin is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a maker of buttons. The surname Boutin is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the Old English "bi" + "dun," collectively meaning "dweller by the down." [1]

Early Origins of the Boutin family

The surname Boutin was first found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others.

According to the Pipe Rolls of 1177, Trihon Bidon held lands there at that time and over one hundred years later, William Bidun was listed in Hundredorum Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1279. [1]

William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an Archdeacon and Dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307). [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Walter de Bydun witnessed King David's gift of Rindelgros (i.e. Rhind in Perthshire) to the Abbey of Reading c. 1143-47. He or a succeeding Walter appears several times as chancellor of Scotland between c. 1165 and 1178, and as a witness to royal charters. A twelfth century pedigree of the family is given in Pipe Roll Society Publications, vol. xxxv, p. xliii." [3]

On the infamous side, Matthew Button was executed on the 25th August 1355 for unlawfully taking and killing forty eight head of deer from the forest of Kingswood, the King's private hunting reserve. This person not only lived about the time of Robin Hood, he also seemed to indulge in the same kind of activities, except that Kingswood is about sixty miles south west of Sherwood.

Early History of the Boutin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boutin research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1566, 1620, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1620 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Boutin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boutin Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Boutin has appeared include Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.

Early Notables of the Boutin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Budden (1566-1620), Professor of civil law at Oxford, son of John Budden of Canford, Dorsetshire; Sir William Button, 1st Baronet (1584-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629, supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; John Button (died 1665), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1625 and 1648, he fought on the Parliamentary side in the...
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Ireland Migration of the Boutin family to Ireland

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United States Boutin migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Boutin arrived in North America very early:

Boutin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Boutin, who landed in Virginia in 1698 [4]
Boutin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Guillaume Boutin and his wife, who were residents of Fort Louis in Louisiana in 1706
  • Marie-Anne Boutin, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Anna Boutin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [4]
  • Paul Boutin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [4]
  • Henry Boutin, who arrived in New York in 1798 [4]

Canada Boutin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boutin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Boutin, (b. 1633), aged 23, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for Jacques Pepin arriving on 23rd March 1656 [5]
  • Francoise Duverger Boutin, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Antoine Boutin, son of Jean and Georgette, who married Geneviève Gaudin, daughter of Barthélemy and Marthe, in Quebec on 29th October 1665 [6]
  • Pierre Boutin married Marie Marchesseau in Quebec in 1669 [6]
  • Jean Boutin, son of Jean and Suzanne, who married Marie-Anne Fontaine, daughter of Louis and Marie-Madeleine, in Quebec on 7th May 1682 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Boutin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Etienne Boutin, son of Jean and Marie-Anne, who married Louise Vandandaique, daughter of Joseph and Louise, in Beauport, Quebec on 14th November 1712 [6]
  • Pierre Boutin, son of Jean and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Jeanne Langlois, daughter of Germain and Jeanne, in Quebec on 16th October 1713 [6]
  • Jean-Baptiste Boutin, son of Jean-Baptiste and Jeanne, married Catherine Rolandeau, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Saint-Thomas, Quebec on 16th August 1717 [6]
  • Joseph-Etienne Boutin, son of Anet-René and Angélique, who married Geneviève Maranda, daughter of Michel and Marie, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 5th August 1719 [6]
  • Gabriel Boutin, son of Jean and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Catherine Auclair, daughter of André and Marie, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 12th February 1719 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Boutin (post 1700) +

  • Marvin R. Boutin, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, 1973 [7]
  • George Boutin, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 12th Ward, 1948 [7]
  • Ethel Angie Boutin (1903-1967), American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Benton, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Benton, 1956 [7]
  • Charles R. Boutin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Aberdeen, Maryland, 1994-98; Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 34; Elected 1998 [7]
  • Bernard Boutin, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1955-59; Member of Democratic National Committee from New Hampshire, 1957 [7]
  • Paul Boutin (b. 1961), American journalist
  • Charles R. Boutin (b. 1942), Maryland State Delegate
  • Debra Boutin, Department of Mathematics, Hamilton College, New York
  • Dr. Stanley A Boutin, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta
  • Rollie Boutin (b. 1957), Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender
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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  6. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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